06 November 2006

The Boiler Room

When providing guests a tour of their home, most of us pass by the boiler to show off the more attractive features of the house. Yet, without the boiler’s influence, the house in winter would be quite uncomfortable to live in. The boiler supplies necessary warmth and creates a welcoming atmosphere. At many churches, there’s a boiler. And I’m not referring to the heating system of the building, but to the communal prayers and their warming, invigorating effect on the church.

God uses prayer to provide essential spiritual vitality to the ministries and members of churches. How is prayer so vital? In prayer, we openly acknowledge our utter dependence on God and show our sincere desire that Jesus Christ be Lord over us. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit works, exalting Jesus and instilling in us obedient desires and dedication to God. The Lord is pleased to move us to pray and to act through prayer in answer to our requests.

And so where there is regular, sincere and earnest prayer, one can be assured that God is at work, making His glory known among those people. I’ve been very pleased to discover that the “boiler” at Trinity Road Chapel is in constant operation--there are many places where prayer occurs.

If you haven’t made prayer a priority yet, let me give you an encouragement to open the door to the “boiler” and join in with others stoking the fire where you worship and serve the Lord. If at all possible, find some person or group to pray with regularly. Our spiritual life is nurtured and strengthened through prayer. You’ll become more aware of the effect of God working on behalf of your church. Remember too that at any time and in any place, you can enjoy the pleasure and privilege of communion with our Lord in prayer. I guarantee it will warm your heart.


Anonymous said...

I always like the quote from C S Lewis that he did not pray to change the will of God, but to change himself to the will of God. I often wonder if my own lack of prayer is due to pride, to change oneself is a painful process. As Roy Hession memorably said, the Cross is a broken I.

Doug McMasters said...

Yes, but to change oneself without prayer is, I feel, impossible. A good encouragement is this: As we come to Him, we are changed (passive voice) from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3). So, draw near, change will come, but it won't feel so impossible, scary or painful when you're in His presence.

Anonymous said...

I agree that all positive change can only be by the power of God, and we approach this power through prayer, which brings me to my current favourite quotation:

"Man is nothing: he hath a free will to go to hell, but none to go to heaven, till God worketh in him to will and to do his good pleasure"

I like your point that in his presence the painful process of change will lose its dread, that is something to meditste on.